Just a little effort can go a long way when the Island community comes together to help with our project of beautifying and maintaining the BIRHC and Forest View surroundings.
This year we made great strides in adding more helpers to our Volunteer Garden group, as well as having a member arrange for the new entrance arbor, and then in turn, having these men donate their supplies and labor!!
About our Garden
Stop and Smell the Flowers
If you have been lucky enough to spend time on Beaver Island this summer, you may have caught a glimpse of the beautiful landscaping in front of the building. Did you know that the landscaping is the result of many generous donations and countless hours of volunteer labor?
Our original garden benefactor is island resident BJ Wyckoff, who stepped in after construction was completed and donated bulbs, plants, trees, shrubs and labor costs. Gary Marvin of Marvin’s Gardens in Charlevoix came to the island with a landscape plan and also donated many trees and shrubs. Jim Wojan donated and placed the large boulders at the building’s entrance. Connie Wojan and Leonor Jacobson have worked tirelessly for several year now.
When construction for our new neighbor, Forest View, was completed this spring, another dedicated volunteer stepped in to plan landscaping for the land between us and the apartments. Leonor Jacobson has helped lay out garden contours, organized several fundraising events, donated funds and plants and pulled more than her fair share of weeds! Marianne Weaver designed, donated and planted a butterfly garden. Three island garden businesses were hired to design gardens. Our board member, Jeff Powers, gave us a generous credit allowance at his hardware business.
If you stop by to visit the gardens, you will even find a fairy garden decorated by Judy Boyle and her family, complete with a tiny picnic table!
Until last summer, the only BIRHC money spent on landscaping was for electricity for the water pump. The board recently okayed the installation of underground water lines to several hose taps around the perimeter of the gardens so that our chief waterer, past Board President Connie Wojan, would not have to spend so much time dragging long heavy hoses around.
Leonor and Connie Wojan have been working on the wellness gardens for years. They have this tirelessly planning fundraisers and doing a lot of physical work.
When our building was finished we did not have one cent to spend on landscaping. Everything you see out there was donated and placed there with volunteer labor.
The only Health Center money spent on landscaping has been the electricity for our pump to water.
BJ Wyckoff organized the project and donated the largest number of tress and bushes, all of the bulbs, all of the lilies, fertilizer, top soil, mulch, the use of their tractor, labor of her employee, lunch for planting crew…you name it.
Others who made major donations were:
Jim Wojan- delivered and donated the boulders.
Gary Marvin-of Marvin Gardens came to the island for a day, laid out plan, helped plant and donated over $2000 of trees and bushes.
Volunteer labor from many people.
Leonor has very ambitious plans.